Church Document Study Podcast Series Archive

Podcast #1: Context of Vatican II: October 30, 2017

Guests: Rev. John O’Malley, SJ and Rev. Oliver Doyle

Rev. John O’Malley, SJ, the author of What Happened at Vatican II and many other works on Vatican II and Church councils, will kick off the series by explaining the background and context of Vatican II as well as its impact. Fr. O’Malley was present in Rome during the council and is a valuable resource.

Rev. Oliver Doyle grew up in Ireland during the tumultuous times surrounding Vatican II and speaks to the changes in the Church over the past 50+ years.

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Podcast #2: Vatican II: November 6, 2017

Document: Declaration on Christian Education (Gravissimum Educationis). Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP


Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP the Executive Director of the USCCB Secretariat for Education, explores the impact of Vatican II on Catholic schools.

Relevant Documents: For Vatican II context, please see the relevant documents from Podcast #1.

Study Guide: Produced by Aquinas College; produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Guest Blogger: Sr. John Mary Fleming, OP


Podcast #3: To Teach As Jesus Did: November 13, 2017

Document: 1972 Pastoral Message on Catholic Education from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now USCCB); Shared document used with permission courtesy of ACE Press. At the Heart of the Church: Selected Documents of Catholic Education can be ordered here. To order a copy directly from the USCCB, click here.

Guest: Dr. Tom Burnford

Dr. Tom Burnford, the President/CEO of the National Catholic Education Association, explores the impact of this document from the US Bishops.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

​Blog Post: Podcast Blog: Dr. Tom Burnford


Podcast #4: To Teach Them: Statement on Catholic Schools: November 20, 2017

Document: To Teach Them: Statement on Catholic Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Gwen Byrd, Superintendent of the Archdiocese of Mobile

Gwen Byrd, Executive Director for Catholic Education/Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Mobile, one of the longest-serving Catholic school superintendents, explores the impact of this follow-up from the US Bishops.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl​​

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Podcast #5: The Catholic School: November 27, 2017

Document: The Catholic School. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Sr. Elizabeth Anne Allen, OP

Sr. Elizabeth Anne Allen, OP, Director of the Center for Catholic Education at Aquinas College in Nashville, uses the Church documents as the heart of professional development sessions for Catholic educators and for formation of teacher candidates.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: The Vision for Catholic Schools


Podcast #6: Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith: December 4, 2017

Document: Lay Catholics in Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guests: Tom McDonald and Tom Schutte, both lay high school theology teachers with a lifetime of past experience in Catholic schools.

Tom McDonald, who has taught religion in Catholic schools for over 15 years, joins the podcast to discuss the impact of lay Catholics. Tom Schutte, now entering his 25th year teaching theology at O’Dea High School in Seattle, joins his friend Tom McDonald to add his insight.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl​​

Blog Post: Guest Blogger: Tom Schutte on Lay Catholics


Podcast #7: Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School: December 11, 2017

Document: Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: John Galvan, Director of Schools in the Diocese of San Diego

John Galvan, the dynamic and thoughtful Director of Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, joins the podcast to discuss this important Vatican document and explore the ways Church teachings are evolving.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Guest Blogger: John Galvan on “Religious Dimension”


Podcast #8: In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools: December 18, 2017

Document: In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Dr. Kevin Baxter, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Dr. Kevin Baxter, the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, adds remarkable insight to the US Bishops document from 1990.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: In Support of Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools


Podcast #9: Principles for Education Reform in the United States: December 25, 2017

Document: Principles for Education Reform in the United States. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, Secretary for Education in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Sr. Mary Grace Walsh, the Provost for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Hartford, helps explore the meaning and impact for the US Bishops efforts to insert themselves into the national debate on education in 1994.

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Guest Blogger: Sr. Mary Grace Walsh


Podcast #10: The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium: January 1, 2018

Document: The Catholic School on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Joliet

Rev. John Belmonte, SJ, the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Joliet, joins the podcast to explore the meaning of the Vatican document in 1997.

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Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Catholic Schools on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium


Podcast #11: Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools: January 8, 2018

Document: Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Jack Peterson, the founder of Managing for Mission

Jack Peterson, the founder of Managing for Mission and a former president of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, joins the podcast to discuss the impact of consecrated persons in our schools and the Vatican’s teachings on vocation.

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Consecrated Persons & Their Mission in Schools


Podcast #12: Renewing our Commitment: January 15, 2018

Document: Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Most Rev. Robert Lynch, Retired Bishop of St. Petersburg

Most Rev. Robert Lynch, retired Bishop of St. Petersburg and former USSCB general secretary

Relevant Documents:

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary & Secondary Schools


Podcast #13: Educating Together in Catholic Schools: January 22, 2018

Document: Educating Together in Catholic Schools: A Shared Mission Between Consecrated Persons & the Lay Faithful. Please read this before listening to the podcast.

Guest: Kristin Melley, Director of Professional Development for the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College

Kristin Melley, the Director of Professional Development for the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, joins the podcast to discuss the Vatican’s message found in its last document pertaining to Catholic schools.

Study Guide: Produced by Dr. Tim Uhl

Blog Post: Synthesizing Church Documents

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